Punjab govt signs MoU with HSCC for medical college

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Chandigarh, Mar 3 (UNI) An agreement was signed today between the Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (HSCC), a central government enterprise and the Punjab Government for providing consultancy services for construction of buildings in the Government Medical College and Hospital Complex, Amritsar and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot.

Executive Director HSCC, Sanjiv Sood and Secretary Medical Education and Research Jagjit Puri signed the agreement on the behalf of the HSCC and Punjab Government respectively.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Medical Education and Research Minister Tikshan Sood and Vice Chairman, State Planning Board Prof J S Bajaj were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Badal said with the upgradation of these two prestigious medical institutions, medical education and health care would go a long way in setting up a new bench mark in quality health delivery system in the region. He said that Punjab government was committed to upgrade the health and medical facilities to provide better and affordable health services to the people being a core sector.

The Chief Minster urged HSCC to complete the given work in a stipulated time frame.

Prof Bajaj said of Rs 144.16 crore would be spent on the construction of new buildings at BFUHS and the Government Medical College at Amritsar. Of this, Rs 77.10 crore would be spent on the new buildings at Amritsar and Rs 67.06 crore on BFUHS campus.

In his address, Mr Sood said the initiative of the state government was likely to go a long way in improving the infrastructure of the state's oldest century old Medical College in Amritsar.

In Amritsar, the state government would be spending Rs 2 crore on construction of additional floors in the Bebe Nanaki Mother and Child Care Centre in the premises of the Medical College. An amount of Rs 21.60 crore would be spent on the Guru Tegh Bahadur Block for imaging and diagnostic services also, he added.

A sum of Rs 3 crore would be spent on construction of Swami Vivekanand Drug Dependence Treatment Centre to provide counseling, treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents at the Amritsar Medical College.

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